Telling Lies by Simon Ellis

The morning after the night before, a rapid spiral of disastrous telephone calls chart the certain ruin of young Phil’s day as he attempts to fib his way out of one scrape after another. Told entirely in animated captions.

Telling Lies, 4 min 20s, was part of our evening with Simon Ellis  at  DL 8 | The Berlin International Directors Lounge

Written and Directed by Simon Ellis (

Audience Award (Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2001)
Audience Award (Bitfilm Festival, Hamburg 2001)

Featured on the DVD ‘Cinema 16: British Short Films’

“Such a simple idea. Such a tremendous hoot, executed to perfection. Whether it’s something as simple as changing a single word, or as involved as adding an unspoken thought, the dialogue and its accompanying text complement each other with hilarious effect. If this playful text-fest pops up at a film festival near you, I highly suggest checking it out”
(Film Threat)

“Nicely illustrated… a humorous and syntactically inventive animation”

“The outstanding Telling Lies hits on the simple but blindingly effective idea of contrasting the words that people say with what they are actually thinking. Witty, insightful and very close to the bone. We never get to see the characters but after four minutes you know an awful lot about them. A short film that won’t leave you feeling short changed”
(Bermuda International Film Festival)

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